NORWOOD – By definition, a maverick stands apart from the rest.
This characterization couldn’t be more fitting for Norwood High School Mavericks Lindsey Stindt, Ty Williams and Mollie Lane, who will travel to the State Track and Field Meet this week in Lakewood to uphold their top rankings against the best 2A athletes in Colorado.
Stindt currently holds the best time in the state among 2A hurdlers in the 300 meters and no other competitor has found a way to catch her this season. Her time of 46.60 is more than a second faster than her closest competition’s best attempt.
Williams also stands far beyond the rest of his competition at the top of the field in the 3200-meter run, where his time of 9:46:45 is nearly five seconds faster than the No. 2 seed in this event.
With times that fast, both of these athletes easily pre-qualified for the 2010 State Track and Field Meet, which starts today and runs through Saturday at the Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Having maintained such tight grasps on the No. 1 spots in their respective events all season long, it would seem as though these two Norwood-bred athletes would be veritable shoo-ins for State Champion titles. But coach Keith Williams isn’t anticipating particularly easy sailing for Stindt or Williams as these two No. 1-ranked Mavericks compete for the ultimate prize this week.
“They come out of the woodwork at State,”Coach Williams says of the level of competition these athletes are likely to face as they step up to the starting lines this weekend. “They’re going to have to run their best races” to take home State titles, he says.
Although Stindt and Williams both have good shots at taking home gold medals in the 300-meter hurdles and 3200-meter run, respectively, both could also shine in other events at State as well. Williams will also race in the 1600-meter run, an event in which he is seeded third. Stindt will compete in the 100-meter hurdles also, an event in which she holds the second fastest time in the state.
Also competing on the Norwood Track and Field State Meet roster is Mollie Lane, one of Colorado’s best discus throwers. Her current record of 121.11 feet has been bested by only one other 2A thrower in the State: Eads High School’s Lorie Weirich.
Coach Williams says Lane’s consistency could be her greatest asset over Weirich at the coming State meet.
“The way that Mollie throws, every throw is going to be in there. If Mollie can put the pressure on early, it could be all hers,” Williams says.
Williams anticipates a good showing from his Mavericks this weekend, but he’s hoping they’ll go for greatness.
“We’ve got three kids who will definitely bring home medals, but we’re hoping they’ll be gold,” he says.
The NHS Track and Field team left for Denver yesterday, and will compete in events beginning today.
Telluride Track and Field Sends Their Best to Denver
Miner athletes Emy Ludwig, Rachel Hampton and Lobo James will represent Telluride at the State Track and Field Meet this weekend as well.
Running the 3200-meters in her personal record time of 12:15.93 pre-qualified Hampton for State; currently, this THS freshman is ranked seventh in Colorado in this event. THS sophomore Ludwig will race in both the 100-meter and the 300-meter hurdles this weekend as well.
James’ record high jump height of 5.10 ties him for third in the State, and won him a spot on the State Championships’ heat sheet in the high jump event.
With Regional Meet Win, Ouray Triple-Jumper Sackman Wins State Meet Berth
Ouray High School track and field member Kaleb Sackman had been reaching for the pre-qualifying mark of 41' 10" in the triple jump all season long, but ended up missing it by a mere 0.75". Yet Sackman still won a State Meet berth thanks to his stellar performance at last weekend’s Regional Meet at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium.
Sackman launched a jump of 41’09.25”, beating his own personal record of 41’04” and taking the Regional Champ title in the process. Since each region takes its top three competitors to State, Sackman also won a spot at the State Meet.
“By sticking with it and negotiating his way through an untimely injury, he executed the one jump he needed to move on,” says OHS Track and Field coach Bernie Pearce of Sackman’s Regionals performance last weekend.
Sackman is currently ranked fourth in the triple jump in the state.